A study published in the Journal of Oral Implantology involved a total of 54 implants installed in 9 osteoporotic patients, 8 of them female, who ranged from ages 45 to 68 years. All had been taking oral biphosphonates for less than 3 years; a significant increase in risk of developing BONJ is associated with more than 3 years of biphosphonate therapy. Immediate occlusal loading procedures were used, which require that motion at the boneimplant interface be kept below a certain threshold during healing. This study demonstrated a 100% success rate, with all patients rehabilitated with a fullarch prosthesis supported by 6 dental implants. Two years of followup found no adverse events of infection, tissue swelling, or lesions, showing this to be a viable onestage treatment.
(Source: Journal of Oral Implantology, 2012, Volume 38, Number 1; news release March 8, 2012)